MLB Recent Player News
|4/1/2015||Rafael Furcal, 2B (KC), 2B|
|The Royals have released Furcal, two weeks after he signed a minor league deal.
Analysis: Furcal didn't appear in a Cactus League game as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in winter ball. Tuesday's move doesn't affect the Royals' big league roster as Furcal was not invited to camp. The 37-year-old Furcal played nine games last year with Miami after missing all of the 2013 season following elbow reconstruction surgery.
|3/31/2015||Daniel Murphy, 2B (NYM), 2B|
|Murphy figures to begin the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
Analysis: The DL stint is likely to be backdated since he's being held out of Grapefruit League games, so he might only miss a week of the regular season.
|3/31/2015||Josh Fields, P (Hou), P|
|Fields is battling a groin injury.
Analysis: The Astros haven't said definitively whether he'll be ready for opening day, but it's not looking good.
|3/31/2015||Jose Mijares, P (Cin), P|
|Mijares has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Analysis: The 30-year-old left-hander last pitched in the major leagues with San Francisco in 2013. He agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati's Louisville team on Dec. 28 and was released March 23. His suspension, announced Tuesday, will start when he signs with another big league organization.
|3/31/2015||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (NYY), CF|
|New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and played five flawless innings of defense in his first game since being sidelined two weeks ago by an oblique strain.
Analysis: Ellsbury had an infield single and RBI single to left Tuesday for Double-A Trenton in a minor league game. He caught a flyball and cleanly fielded a line single. Ellsbury has no worries about being ready for the April 6 season opener against Toronto.
|3/31/2015||Freddy Garcia, P (LAD), P|
|Garcia has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Analysis: Garcia, a 38-year-old right-hander, was 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA for Baltimore and Atlanta in 13 starts and four relief appearances in 2013. After the Braves released him late in spring training last year, the two-time All-Star played for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan. "Obviously, we're building starter depth," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.
|3/31/2015||Humberto Quintero, C (Bos), C|
|The Boston Red Sox agreed to pay a $100,000 retention bonus to Quintero.
Analysis: On Monday, the Red Sox obtained catcher Sandy Leon from Washington to replace Christian Vazquez, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. With Vazquez out, Ryan Hanigan is the only catcher in the major league camp other than Leon and Quintero. Leon was in the starting lineup Tuesday against a Tampa Bay split squad.
|3/31/2015||Felipe Paulino, P (Bos), P|
|Paulino has been released by the Boston Red Sox.
Analysis: Paulino appeared in four spring training games for the Red Sox, giving up one run in four innings.
|3/31/2015||Dayan Viciedo, RF (Tor), RF|
|Toronto released Viciedo from his minor league contract.
Analysis: Viciedo agreed with the Blue Jays on Feb. 28 and was competing for a reserve outfield spot after Michael Saunders tore his left meniscus shortly after the start of spring training. After being informed Tuesday that he did not make the opening-day roster, Viciedo requested his release. He would have earned $2.5 million if he made the major league roster.
|3/31/2015||Alexi Casilla, 2B (TB), 2B|
|The Tampa Bay Rays have released Casilla.
Analysis: The veteran infielder, who signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay in February, was batting .267 in 17 spring training games. The 30-year-old is a .247 hitter in nine big league seasons with Minnesota and Baltimore.
|3/31/2015||Chris Tillman, P (Bal), P|
|Tillman has been selected to start the Baltimore Orioles' opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.
Analysis: Manager Buck Showalter picked Tillman as his opening-day starter for the second consecutive season. Tillman was 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA last season for the AL East champion Orioles. The 26-year-old is set to become the first Baltimore pitcher to start consecutive openers since Jeremy Guthrie in 2008 and `09.
|3/31/2015||Randal Grichuk, RF (StL), RF|
|Infielder Pete Kozma and Grichuk will fill the Cardinals' final two bench spots on St. Louis' opening-day roster.
Analysis: Grichuk, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, is hitting .262 with four home runs. He's played all three outfield positions.
|3/31/2015||Pete Kozma, SS (StL), SS|
|Kozma and outfielder Randall Grichuk will fill the Cardinals' final two bench spots on St. Louis' opening-day roster.
Analysis: Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday he liked Kozma's versatility. The shortstop has also played third, second, some outfield and even practiced catching this spring training. Though he's known more for his defense than his bat, Kozma began Tuesday with a .425 batting average.
|3/31/2015||Reid Brignac, 3B (Mia), 3B|
|Manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday he decided to keep Donovan Solano over Brignac because of Solano's ability to play second, third and shortstop, as well as steal some bases.
Analysis: Brignac, in camp with a minor league contract, could elect to become a free agent. Miami assigned him to minor league camp along with outfielders Tyler Colvin and Cole Gillespie.
|3/31/2015||Don Kelly, 3B (Mia), 3B|
|Infielder Donovan Solano and Kelly have been told they will be on the Miami Marlins' opening-day roster.
Analysis: Kelly signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. The seven-year veteran spent the past six seasons with Detroit and gives Miami some added offense off the bench.
|3/31/2015||Donovan Solano, 2B (Mia), 2B|
|Solano and outfielder Don Kelly have been told they will be on the Miami Marlins' opening-day roster.
Analysis: Manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday he decided to keep Solano over Reid Brignac because of Solano's ability to play second, third and shortstop, as well as steal some bases. Solano hit .252 in 310 at-bats for the Marlins last season.
|3/31/2015||Drew Hutchison, P (Tor), P|
|Toronto has picked Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York.
Analysis: Hutchison is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium. After missing the 2013 season while recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, Hutchison was 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA in 32 starts last season. He is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four spring training appearances.
|3/31/2015||Jake Petricka, P (CWS), P|
|Petricka will begin the season on the disabled list due to a forearm injury.
Analysis: He'll be eligible to return on April 11.
|3/30/2015||Justin Verlander, P (Det), P|
|Verlander will miss his scheduled spring training start Thursday but hopes to take his first scheduled regular-season turn for the Detroit Tigers on April 8 against Minnesota.
Analysis: The 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP left Friday's exhibition outing with a cramp in his right triceps. He threw on Sunday but still had soreness on Monday.
|3/30/2015||Carlos Martinez, P (StL), P|
|The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez as their fifth starter. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement about the rotation on Monday.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Martinez went 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 57 games for the NL Central champions last year. The right-hander made seven starts.
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